"Heart Child" is an emotionally charged documentary film about Crys Worley, her family and the nonprofit (A.skate) she founded after being inspired by her autistic son, Sasha, and his response to skateboarding.
The filmmakers, Ben Duffy and Michael Sassano, are both recent graduates of the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York City. Director/producer Duffy and cameraman/editor Sassano are longtime friends who have skated together since they were kids. They also grew up alongside Sassano's brother, who has autism.
Skating was Duffy's introduction to filmmaking.
"I'm not sure exactly how long I've been making films, but I know that the first thing I ever pointed a camera at was people skateboarding, and that was 10 years ago," he explained.
Duffy learned about A.skate online.
"I had seen a post about what [Crys Worley] does with A.skate on the Internet and I was like, 'Whoa, this is amazing.' It spoke volumes to me. So I hit up the email address that was on the website and sure enough she called me back. I told her I wanted to help any way I could, and that happened to work out with a camera," Duffy said.
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